Free Software Philosophy and Open Source

Free Software Philosophy and Open Source

Niklas Vainio (University of Tampere, Finland) and Tere Vadén (University of Tampere, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-060-8.ch002
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This chapter introduces and explains some of the most relevant features of the free software philosophy formulated by Richard M. Stallman in the 1980s. The free software philosophy and the free software movement built on it historically preceded the open source movement by a decade and provided some of the key technological, legal and ideological foundations of the open source movement. Thus, in order to study the ideology of open source and its differences with regard to other modes of software production, it is important to understand the reasoning and the presuppositions included in Stallman’s free software philosophy.

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